On Thursday, May 27th at 5 p.m. there will be an information event via Zoom on the planned part-time master's degree program in Migraine and Headache Medicine at the University of Kiel. Details about the course can be found at


You can register for the information event via Zoom by phone or email:
Center for Scientific Continuing Education at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel
c/o University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel
Arnold-Heller-Straße 3, House U27, 24105 Kiel
Business hours: Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m

The new academic degree program Master of Migraine and Headache Medicine (MMHM) is planned at Kiel University for winter semester 2021/22. The course is organized part-time over four semesters. The lectures take place on weekends and in attendance weeks. The master's degree program teaches contemporary new developments in migraine and headache therapy. The core is an interdisciplinary concept with theory and practice-oriented modules. The university course ends with the academic degree Master of Migraine and Headache Medicine (MMHM). The International Headache Society (IHS) has taken over the patronage of the master's degree program.

Comments on the new course of study

“The Master of Migraine and Headache Medicine degree program offers students a diverse insight into the clinical picture of headache. New scientific findings and treatment strategies are taught in a multidisciplinary manner, giving graduates the opportunity to specialize in this field. This further improves patient care. I am very happy to take part in this course as a teacher.”
Prof. Dr. med. Ralf Baron , Department of Neurology, Head of the Neurological Pain Research and Therapy Section, Schleswig-Holstein University Hospital, Kiel Campus
“The academic degree in Headache Medicine being developed at the University in Kiel, Germany, is excellent and covers everything that the student needs to learn about headache. It is extremely well thought-out and comprehensive and includes both remote and in clinic learning on actual patients during a full week and several weekends. Similar Master Degrees in Migraine and Headache Medicine are available in several countries and this one is needed to spread the training of doctors interested in Headache Medicine. I congratulate the developers for a job well done.”
Prof. Alan M. Rapoport, MD , Past President The International Headache Society (IHS), The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, California
“The planned Master of Migraine and Headache Medicine at University of Kiel is an excellent initiative. Worldwide there is a huge unmet need for education in headache disorders and such a detailed and carefully planned academic program as the present is warmly welcomed in the headache and pain community. The Pain Clinic in Kiel has been founded and directed by Professor Hartmut Göbel and is one of the leading headache clinics in the world, with a yearlong and continuous inspiration for multiple other clinics around the world including the Danish Headache Center in Copenhagen. The planned Master Program is perfectly situated at this clinic and at The University of Kiel with balanced theoretical and clinical courses and aims to equips graduates with solid scientific and clinical knowledge, skills and competences within the headache field. Further, this inspiring and comprehensive program will also contribute to the significant need for skillful and dedicated headache specialists and more awareness of headache disorders.”
Professor Rigmor Højland Jensen MD, Dr.Med Sci. , Director, Danish Headache Center, Department of Neurology, Head of Studies: Master of Headache Disorder, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
“Migraines and headaches are the most common neurological diseases of all. Many patients with headaches and facial pain are urgently looking for competent and up-to-date care. The course helps to close an important gap in the academic training of experts. It will certainly have a very positive impact on treatment in Germany in the coming years with further qualified treatment offers and research initiatives for those affected.”
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med.Charly Gaul , Secretary General of the German Migraine and Headache Society (DMKG)
“As a representative of German pain medicine, which strives to provide good care for patients with chronic pain that keeps pace with current scientific developments, I extremely welcome the fact that the University of Kiel has teamed up with Prof. Dr. Göbel strives to improve the quality of care for patients with migraines and headaches. The new course of study will develop into a milestone that will also have a lasting impact on health policy. Ultimately, the patients and the modern care benefit from this, as they come across trained doctors with a high level of expertise to treat their headache disorders.”
Dr. med. Johannes Horlemann , President of the German Society for Pain Medicine
"It's time! I think it's great that the master's program in Migraine and Headache Medicine has been established at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel. As a specialist, the diagnosis of headaches and the care of headache patients are very important to me. I was both lucky and privileged to be taught by knowledgeable teachers early on in my professional career - both nationally and internationally. I am very happy to make my contribution as a lecturer in the structured master's program in Migraine and Headache Medicine. It makes me proud that I can pass on my knowledge and skills in the “German cradle of headache research and patient care” in Kiel.”
Dr. med. Astrid Gendolla , Vice President DGS, head of the regional DGS pain center Essen
“It is always a big problem for those affected to find a headache expert nearby, and when an expert is found, the waiting list is long. Headache patients are still under-treated, under-diagnosed and their condition is not taken sufficiently seriously. We look forward to every graduate taking on the common disease of headaches.”
Veronika Bäcker , President, MigraineLiga eV Germany

After tooth decay, migraines and headaches are the most important widespread diseases. However, less than 20% of those affected receive prevention or acute therapy in accordance with guidelines. The need for modern care is high. Knowledge of classification, diagnostics and therapy has expanded significantly. Current basic research and clinical studies became the basis for contemporary treatment. The individual suffering and the great social significance require a focus. This increases the need for qualified interdisciplinary migraine and headache experts.

The Kiel Pain Clinic and the Medical Faculty of Kiel University have therefore developed the master's program in Migraine and Headache Medicine (MMHM). Renowned and qualified lecturers present an interdisciplinary academic body of knowledge. Students can also actively contribute their different professional experiences and specialist knowledge. Various forms of teaching, such as case seminars, clinic days and group discussions, offer extensive prerequisites for this. A central element is a variety of practical events in the outpatient and clinical areas.

The course is organized part-time. The focus is on comprehensive theoretical training and at the same time a concise practical orientation. The basics and therapy are taught in three semesters. It is a university course of study with a high technical level. Central areas are organization and structures of treatment. Topics such as DRGs, multimodal treatment, outpatient and inpatient care, among others, are taken into account in detail. The face-to-face phases take place on campus over 15 weekends in the first three semesters. A clinical internship at the Kiel Pain Clinic is completed in three weeks of attendance. The subject-related master's thesis is processed in the 4th semester.

The entry requirement is a university degree with at least 240 credit points. Examples include human medicine, dentistry, psychology or a related subject. Health, nursing, natural and technical sciences are also possible. In addition, you must have at least two years of professional experience in the field of medicine or psychology.

The Center for Scientific Continuing Education at the university organizes the course. In many cases it is possible for the tax-deductible tuition fees to be covered by the employer. Furthermore, the possibility of financial support through scholarships is planned. You can apply for this by sending your Curriculum Vitae and, if applicable, your list of publications. The International Headache Society has agreed to accept a scholarship following a selection process by the IHS Education/Juniors Group.

Detailed information can be found at: https://www.zww-kiel.de/migraine-headache-medicine

Center for Scientific Continuing Education
c/o University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel Campus
Arnold-Heller-Straße 3, House U27
24105 Kiel
Telephone: 0431 – 500 244 62
Fax: 0431 – 500 202 68
Email: kopfschrei@zww.uni-kiel .de
More information at: https://www.zww-kiel.de/migraine-headache-medicine
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Flyer Master of Migraine and Headache Medicine MMHM

Course director:
Prof. Dr.med.
Dipl.Psych. Hartmut Göbel Email: hg@weckklinik.de

Further information at: https://www.zww-kiel.de/migraine-headache-medicine
The team can be reached here: Contact and addresses for further questions .

*The start of the first study group is planned for the coming winter semester of 2021.